In May 2016, we made some important changes to our processes around hourly-paid workers in order to make sure that we complied with visa regulations. These processes have been reviewed and improved for the 2017/18 academic year.

The changes include a list of examples explaining the kinds of activities and work that a Tier 4 visa student can and cannot do.

Tier 4 visa students have a limit on the number of hours that they can work each week - normally 20 hours per week (Monday to Sunday) outside of vacation time. If these restrictions are exceeded, even by just one hour in one week:

  • the student will have their visa revoked and be deported, which will then trigger action from UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) against the department and the University
  • we could be fined up to £20,000 per breach and lose our Tier 4 Sponsor Licence, threatening the University’s ability to recruit any students from outside Europe

The Tier 4 Booking System is an award-winning online tool devised by the University to protect Tier 4 visa students (and the University) by making sure that they always stay within the weekly limit on the hours that they can work under the terms of their visa.

Staff looking to hire students who have Tier 4 visas are therefore required to follow the updated process for engaging hourly-paid workers in order to keep you, the University and the student safe.

As a member of University staff, it is your responsibility to make sure that you do not engage a Tier 4 visa student to work hours in excess of the limit permitted under the terms of their visa. Line managers should read: